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Re: Loopers-Delight-d Digest V98 #197
>but, how much of music may be put down to cultural change and how much to
>reaction to existing music? i wonder this about non-western (especially
>music.. (i wonder how much the raga has changed over the last i dunno...
>seems every musical action has an associated musical reaction... was
I'm not a scholar of Indian classical music but I do study tabla (& some
raga) and accompany some classical soloists from time to time. My
impression is that the music has constantly changed over time and much
like western music the changes are brought about by technology, commerce,
war. migration etc...
One attitude that I admire is that tradition isn't scoffed at ( as in
"been there, done that" ) but augmented. To help as music evolve is
thought of as a duty to all of the teachers who passed the tradition on.
One of my teachers said recently "being a rooted in and maintaining a
tradition while at the same time striving for new sounds is not
Of course I've only recently started to appreciate this viewpoint - maybe
another 20 yearsof practice & I'll gain a bit more wisdom...